Florence Eshalomi

Florence Eshalomi (born 18 September 1980)[1] is a British politician serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Vauxhall since 2019. A member of Labour and Co-operative, she has been the Member of the London Assembly (MLA) for Lambeth and Southwark since 2016.[2] From 2006 to 2018, she was a local councillor, representing the Brixton Hill ward on Lambeth London Borough Council.[3]

Florence Eshalomi

Member of Parliament
for Vauxhall
Assumed office
13 December 2019
Preceded byKate Hoey
Majority19,612 (34.8%)
Member of the London Assembly
for Lambeth and Southwark
Assumed office
8 May 2016
Preceded byValerie Shawcross
Lambeth Borough Councillor
for Brixton Hill
In office
4 May 2006 – 3 May 2018
Preceded byLydia Serwaa
Succeeded byMaria Kay
Personal details
Born (1980-09-18) 18 September 1980 (age 39)[1]
Political partyLabour Co-operative
Spouse(s)Matthew
Children2
ResidenceBrixton, London
Alma materMiddlesex University
Utrecht University
ProfessionPolitician

Early lifeEdit

Eshalomi is a lifelong Brixton resident and the eldest of three girls from a single parent family. Her mother worked as a school teacher until her illness forced her to retire early. She supported her mother, who suffered from sickle cell anaemia and kidney failure, as her carer.

Eshalomi attended local schools in Lambeth including Durand Primary (now Van Gogh) and St Helen's RC Primary school and Bishop Thomas Grant Secondary School. She completed her A-Level's at St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College in Clapham South. She is the first member of her family to go to university, graduating with a BA Hons in Political & International Studies with Law from Middlesex University. Florence benefited from the EU Funded 'Erasmus Student Exchange' and had the opportunity to study at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.

Eshalomi started her working life as a 16-year-old at Sainsbury's supermarket, Clapham High Street. She has worked in a variety of campaigning and public affairs roles including in local government as a policy officer, as a regional organiser for the Labour Party during the 2005 general election and as the Public Affairs Manager for the UK's leading race equality think thank, the Runnymede Trust.

Political careerEdit

Prior to winning her seat in the Assembly, she worked for the PR agency Four Communications as a public affairs account manager.[4]

Eshalomi has previously served as a member of the Progress Strategy Board.[5] In 2016, The Times reported that "one of Momentum's most militant factions" planned to picket an event held to support Eshalomi's candidacy for the London Assembly.[6] MPs including Chuka Umunna, Ben Bradshaw and Stella Creasy strongly criticised the picket, and a spokesperson for Momentum stated that the picket was organised by a separate group and that "Momentum are fully behind Flo's campaign."[7] In 2015 she supported Liz Kendall to become Labour Party leader.[8]

Eshalomi was elected to the London Assembly on 5 May 2016 with a majority of 62,243 over the Conservative Party candidate Robert Flint.[9] She is lead spokesperson for the London Assembly Labour Group on Transport issues, and current Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee.[10]

As an Assembly Member, Eshalomi has campaigned on issues including gang crime[11] and the closure of Kennington Police Station.[12][13]

Eshalomi was selected as Labour candidate for the Vauxhall parliamentary constituency on 27 October 2019, after Kate Hoey, a long-standing MP of 30 years, had announced she would not stand again as Labour's candidate in the constituency. She won the seat with a slightly reduced but still strong Labour majority of 19,612.[14][15]

Personal lifeEdit

Eshalomi is married to Matthew and they have two children, Mia and Malachi, who were both born locally at St Thomas' Hospital.

Eshalomi is active at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Brixton, where she serves as a Eucharist reader.[16] She is of Nigerian descent.[17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Florence Dauta ESHALOMI - Personal Appointments". Companies House. Retrieved 16 December 2019.
  2. ^ "Florence Eshalomi". London Assembly Website. Greater London Authority. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Councillor Florence Eshalomi". Lambeth Website. Lambeth Council. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Four Communications account manager wins London Assembly seat". PRWeek magazine. 11 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Register of interests for Councillor Florence Eshalomi | Lambeth Council". web.archive.org. 22 July 2019. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  6. ^ Fisher, Lucy (18 March 2016). "Momentum activists will picket Labour candidate". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  7. ^ "'Momentum' Will Picket This Woman's Fundraiser But Labour MPs Are Having None Of It". HuffPost UK. 18 March 2016. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
  8. ^ "100 Labour Councillors Back Liz Kendall For Leader". HuffPost UK. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  9. ^ Cobb, Jason (6 May 2016). "Brixton Hill Cllr Florence Eshalomi elected to represent Lambeth and Southwark in the London Assembly". Brixton Buzz. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  10. ^ "London Assembly – Membership of Committees/Bodies and Terms of Reference 2019/20 | London Assembly" (PDF). london.gov.uk. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Florence Eshalomi: We must not forget the girls involved with London's gangs | OnLondon". onlondon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  12. ^ "The Future of Kennington Police Station". LambethLife. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Oasis charity keen to buy Kennington Police Station". London SE1. 14 June 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  14. ^ Rodgers, Sienna (27 October 2019). "Super Sunday: Labour candidate selection results". LabourList. Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  15. ^ Williams, Zoe (28 October 2019). "How to replace Kate Hoey? My local party showed that stitch-ups aren't working". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  16. ^ Morrison-Sloan, Megan. "About Me". Florence Eshalomi for Lambeth & Southwark. Labour Party. Retrieved 9 May 2016.
  17. ^ "5 Interesting Facts About Florence Eshalomi – The Nigerian Woman Who Wants To Join The London Assemby". woman.NG. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 17 November 2019.

External linksEdit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Kate Hoey
Member of Parliament for Vauxhall
2019–present
Incumbent